Tuesday, September 24, 2002
BEND — The stars were shining bright last Friday when the HRV football team traveled to Bend for its first-ever Intermountain Conference matchup against the Summit Storm.
But, the beauty of the night sky took a back seat to Eagles’ star running backs Jacobe Krizman, Nigel Bond and Chris Searles, who propelled HRV to a 70-48 victory and coach Mitch Sanders to his first 3-0 start in four seasons.
Behind devastating blocking from a seasoned offensive line, Krizman broke the HRV single-game rushing record with 331 yards, and added five touchdowns (two receiving) to his league-leading total of 12.
Bond, a junior fullback, also had a breakout game with 229 yards and two touchdowns, while Searles tallied 81 yards and three TD’s, helping the Eagles’ offense weather the Storm for school records of 638 rushing yards, 728 total yards and 70 points scored.
Senior quarterback Jarrod Fogle also had a big night, cashing in on all three of his pass attempts for 90 yards and two touchdowns — both to Krizman — raising his season totals to 7-9 passes completed for 270 yards, 7 TD’s and no interceptions.
“I don’t know if those records will ever be broken,” said Sanders, whose team put up 49 points in the first half alone. “The Summit defense tried everything and simply couldn’t stop us. I know what our guys can do, but I’m even amazed at their output.”
The Eagles have amassed 181 points and 1,639 yards of total offense in their three victories for mammoth averages of 60 points and 546 total yards.
Their electric offensive performances have also helped them gain the respect of the state’s coaches and media members, who voted them No. 16 in the most recent 4A poll.
“That’s the first time this has happened for us at the 4A level,” Sanders said about the poll. “We don’t care if we only got one or two votes. It’s huge for this program. Our goal now is to crack the top 10.”
To accomplish that goal, the Eagles will need to prove their worth in the next two games against league powers Hermiston (Friday) and Bend (Oct. 4 at home), who are ranked 11 and 12, respectively.
“Right now, Hermiston is the team to beat in the IMC,” Sanders said. “Bend is pretty solid as well. But if we play to our potential, we have a good shot at winning those games. By no means are we going to let down because we started 3-0. Our guys know they have to focus hard this week if they want to play for that top playoff spot.”
The players say that what the team needs to focus on most is its defense.
“It feels good to get our first conference win, but we really shouldn’t have given up so many points,” said senior linebacker Noel Thomas. “We’ve got some things we need to work on with our defense if we’re going to keep this up.”
Junior strong safety Rocky Level agreed. “It was nice to win our first conference game in a blowout,” he said. “But we’re not going to get away with giving up 48 points the rest of the way.”
Trying to overcome some injuries, most notably to the team’s top corner Ryan Flory, HRV gave up 425 yards through the air to Summit, which was spurred by the quarter-back/wide receiver combo of Jared Chase and Chris Ward.
“We were really missing Flory in our pass coverage,” Sanders said, “and they took advantage of our inexperience in the secondary. I thought our guys did pretty well filling in, but they needed more help from the linebackers.”
Sanders pointed to the second quarter as the Eagles’ “worst quarter of football all season” — one in which they surrendered 35 points, and allowed Summit to hang around after burying them 21-0 in the first quarter.
The Storm never got within two touchdowns (49-35 at half), however, and HRV was able to shut them out again in the third quarter to take a 62-35 lead into the fourth.
“We looked pretty unstoppable on offense, but weren’t playing very sound defensively,” Sanders said. “Our guys know what needs to be done, and they’ll correct these mistakes before the Hermiston game.”
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge